Carroll County Public Schools maintained one of the highest graduation rates in the state last year, despite a small slippage of the overall state average.
The 2018 graduation rate for CCPS stayed greater than 95 percent, the same as the previous year, according to data released from the Maryland State Department of Education. Queen Anne’s County was the only other jurisdiction with a rate of 95 percent or higher.
The overall dropout rate for CCPS was less than 3 percent.
In Maryland, 87.12 percent of students in the Class of 2018 graduated within four years after beginning high school — compared with 87.67 percent for the Class of 2017.
Because of regulations designed to prevent the identification of individual students, the state will not release the exact percentage of graduates beyond the announced rate of more than 95 percent or less than 3 percent for dropouts.
The Gateway School, an alternative school for students who need more individual attention, saw an increase from 47.22 percent in 2017 to 56.67 percent in 2018. Those in the Flexible Student Support program, which provides extra support for students who are at risk of dropping out, graduated in greater percentages as well, with 85.96 percent as compared to 83.67 in 2017.
The graduation rates are measured using a cohort system that tracks all children who enroll in public school from the point they enter in ninth grade to the time of graduation.
Within their own data, the school system breaks down students in different su-groups such as students who qualify for free and reduced lunch or those who are English language learners, Dolch said.
Although the numbers from MSDE reflect students who graduate with four years of high school, CCPS is dedicated to working with students who need summer classes or an extra year to get their diploma, she said.
“We don’t just give up on them,” she said.
The high schools meet the summer before classes start in the fall and try to identify students who might not have enough credits to graduate on the four-year schedule.
Other information is available through the MSDE’s Maryland Report Card system, which delivered its first report in December. Carroll high schools received ratings of mostly four and five stars out of five.